Next day it was time to move on again. We had another late afternoon flight to the next island- Maui and we had the whole day to fill. We’d pretty much done everything I wanted to in Volcano so we had a slightly more leisurely wake up. Mind you it was this night that the rain had hammered down on the roof. Jane cooked up Janis’ chicken eggs and we said goodbye to Lil Blue.
We returned our video to the Upper store and the popped up the road to visit the Volcano Winery. They were offering tastings of their award winning wines here but it was only 9-30 and we felt it was a little early.
Next on our agenda was to nip back to the Volcanoes National Park to collect some emergency lava from the 1974 flow. You lucky people!! Then it was time to get on the road again and we drove the 45 mins straight road down to Hilo. Here we took a swing around Walmart which is always essential on a visit to the US. It’s a vast retail emporium where you’re not allowed to take your backpack in and they check your shopping against your receipt before you are allowed to leave the store. It’s full of all sorts of people and cheap tat and I soon felt the need to leave.
We then returned the rental car and went into the aiport looking for a Tiki bar. The airport was tiny and empty and we were three hours too early for our flight. There was no Tiki bar or free airport wifi so we settled into Uncle Billies bar for the duration enjoying their free wifi, snacks and of course Lava Man. We whiled away the hours and then joined our Hawaiian airlines flight to Kahului on Maui.
We landed in the dark, picked up our rental car and then drove about an hour over to Lahaina. It was quite a tense journey and I realise now that I really don’t like arriving in new places in the dark. Again, we were staying in an Air BNB, the Moana Lani, which is on Front Street. This is the main drag in Lahaina which has been described as ‘cute’. However, as we drove through it was heaving with tourists and didn’t look nice at all. We kept driving along looking for number 1440 but we’d gone about 2 miles out of town by now and over a bridge. I started thinking we’d gone wrong until finally we saw the light, and the light (above the church) said ‘Jesus is coming’ and sure enough around the next bend we found our lovely new home.
The Moana Lani is a lovely old style plantation house with big balconies upstairs and downstairs. They only have four rooms and its run by a couple, Gwen and Christian , who took over in August. The place is a traditional B and B serving lovely fresh breakfast and we had the most comfortable room here of our whole trip, with lovely lovely air conditioning.
After quick introductions we decided to go out nearby to find dinner. We walked down to Mala Wharf smelling the beautiful fragrance of flowers in the air. We went into a restaurant called ‘Honu’ (which means turtle) and when we opened the doors and walked in we were hit by what a cool and hip, friendly place we’d found. The place was covered in art and had a real buzz. After a drink at the bar we were shown to our table by the ocean where we ate, listening to the sound of the gentle surf and watching the boats bob under the moonlight. I think we are going to like it here!